Elliott Miles McKinley

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Elliott Miles McKinleyAssistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory

Contact Information

ext. 3016emckinley@rwu.eduCAS 158

Areas of Expertise

Composition, Music Theory, Electronic and Computer Music, Jazz Studies, Improvisation, Music of the Twentieth Century and Contemporary Music


B.M. New England Conservatory of Music M.M. University of Michigan Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Dr. Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Commissions include those from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the SOLI Chamber Music Ensemble, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Estrella Consort, and the Martinu String Quartet. The Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Czech Radio Symphony have performed his orchestral music, and his works have been featured on international festivals including the Alba International Music Festival in Italy, the Mid-American Contemporary Music Festival, Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival, the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Art, as well as College Music Society and Society for Composers Inc. festivals. He is a recipient of a number of awards, grants, and fellowships including those from BMI, ASCAP, SCI, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and Indiana University.

Also active as a performer and improviser, Dr. McKinley is a founding member of the electroacoustic improvisation ensemble, earWorm, where he plays a variety of keyboard and percussion instruments, and executes real-time sampling, looping, and effects processing for the ensemble. earWorm has several commercially available recordings performs on conferences and festivals in the Untied States such as the International Society for Improvised Music.

Dr. McKinley has taught music theory and composition at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Washington and Lee University, and was Assistant Professor of Music and Music Program Coordinator at Indiana University East. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota. Primary teachers include Malcolm Peyton, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, David Gompper, and Alex Lubet.